Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New Product Announcement---> Making of Modern Law

After all the science stuff here's one with wider appeal. Particular fun if you like to read lurid true crime stories. Also good for looking at changing attitudes to social issues.

ITS and Bib Services re currently working with the Marc records for this as well as Eighteenth Century Collections Online, they should be loaded sometime this summer.

Making of Modern Law

Legal Treatises comprises over 21,000 works from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries on British Commonwealth and American law, with 14,900 titles from the nineteenth century and 7,100 titles from the years 1900 to 1926. It covers nearly every aspect of law, encompassing a range of analytical, theoretical, and practical literature, some very rare. The monographs and materials in Legal Treatises include casebooks, local practice manuals, books on legal form, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, and speeches. The collection is of interest to scholars and patrons interested in domestic and international law, legal history, business and economics, politics and government, national defense, criminology, religion, education, labor and social welfare, and military justice.

A legal treatise is a monograph or other writing about the law, rather than a transcript of actual laws or actual cases. To describe what legal treatises are, it is necessary to state what they are not: They are not trial transcripts, state documents, collections of laws, or judicial reports. They are secondary source materials that analyze and examine the law, usually a specific law or subject area, encompassing a range of analytical, theoretical, and practical literature.

Works from key legal thinkers, including Bentham, Austin, Maine, Kent, Story, and Holmes are present. The majority of the material is from the Harvard Law School Library. The collection is organized into separate units of British and American Treatises, enabling users to trace the evolution of modern law in Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States

Legal Treatises is considered an essential reference collection for historical and contemporary legal studies. With a range of valuable literature from the most influential writers and key legal thinkers of the time, researchers have the resources to trace the evolution of modern law in Britain and the United States during these periods of monumental changes. These comprehensive collections from the world's foremost law libraries are now available for the first time in a fully searchable, digital format.

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